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Say, why not join the NRA?

I joined the NRA in 1999, after the Columbine massacre. As usual, the press did a hatchet job on them after the atrocity and, as usual, it caused an unprecedented rise in NRA membership. And, with it, an unprecedented jump in the NRA’s money, power and influence. If I were a paranoid weasel, that would smell all hmmmmm.

Still, on planet reality, the NRA is about as sinister an organization as your Uncle Fred’s bowling league.

Anyway, the best benefit of the NRA: merchandise with the NRA logo on it. They sell especially good t-shirts — high quality Fruit of the Loom shirts, good designs, sturdy silk-screening. Wear an NRA shirt with a pair of grubby jeans and sneakers, and you can wander around Whole Foods for ages before somebody actually reads your shirt and get the rage-face. You can actually see the moment the NRA shirt registers on the liberal brain. It almost makes a little sound, like poink.

And you get these awesome mailings a couple of times a year, with their gun giveaway sweepstakes. Its their main fundraising gimmick. It’s like the Publisher’s Clearing House thing, with the little stickers where you get to pick your prizes. Uncle B and I spent a merry time playing, “okay, you can have the Glock if I can have the S&W.” I loved those mailings; they’re refreshingly unashamed. They have colorful pictures of guns all over the envelope, with text like “GUNS GUNS GUNS GUNS GUNS AND MORE GUNS!!!’lebenty!!!”

The downside is, at least once a week, Wayne LaPierre’s hair catches fire, and then you get these mailings that go, “oh my god! They’re coming! They’re coming for our guns! No, seriously! Right now! Give me ten bucks RIGHT THIS MINUTE!” Way too many fundraising letters.

Also, there are many who think the NRA is insufficiently protective of gun rights (I know. Try explaining this to a lefty. It’s like trying to explain that George Bush wasn’t a conservative). Me, I think the name recognition alone makes them worth belonging to, but if you don’t agree, there’s always Gun Owners of America.

Or my most favoritest — Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. Now, these guys are serious. They’re the ones that got in trouble for trying to buy “trigger locks — rapist approved” billboards. Their newsletter is a hoot.

The very name Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership is a tidy ’nuff said argument against gun control. It’s kind of an argument-ender all by itself. Without firing a shot, as it were.

I’ve let all those memberships lapse. I was hoping to make enough on the sale of my house to buy a lifetime membership in the NRA on my way out, but the housing market collapsed (you may recall, ahem) and I barely got away with pocket money.

Anyway, I think the mailings were making my postman uncomfortable.

Comments


Comment from Sigivald
Time: January 15, 2013, 12:05 am

I know. Try explaining this to a lefty. It’s like trying to explain that George Bush wasn’t a conservative

Seriously.

I recently rejoined the NRA with the “pay over 40 months” life membership.

Know why? Because the NRA gets shit done.

GOA might be “no compromises”, but they are ineffective.


Comment from Pupster
Time: January 15, 2013, 12:35 am

I’m so old, I remember when people were more afraid of the postman going on a shooting rampage than what he must think about my choices of periodicals.

Going postal? Those were the days.


Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: January 15, 2013, 12:42 am

Wear an NRA shirt with a pair of grubby jeans and sneakers, and you can wander around Whole Foods for ages before somebody actually reads your shirt and get the rage-face. You can actually see the moment the NRA shirt registers on the liberal brain. It almost makes a little sound, like poink.

Well I have a new hobby…


Comment from Gromulin
Time: January 15, 2013, 12:46 am

I used to have a Subaru Outback. It was sooo awesome to watch a lefty just at the moment when they saw the NRA sticker on it. DOES NOT COMPUTE. Heh. Loved that.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: January 15, 2013, 1:08 am

“Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership”

…awesome…tough to argue with that…makes the liberals heads asplode…


Comment from Nina
Time: January 15, 2013, 1:44 am

I’ve let most of my memberships lapse, too…I get enough junk mail as it is already.

Is it Friday yet?


Comment from grizzly
Time: January 15, 2013, 1:44 am

Man, I am now going to have to join the NRA. I was thinking about doing it anyway, but the scenario of walking around Whole Foods in the shirt and waiting for the “poink” just sounds way too fun not to do.


Comment from Pablo
Time: January 15, 2013, 1:49 am

Yeah, but the NRA totally doesn’t represent gun owners. Or NRA members. No, really. And yet, they do represent me, a gun owning NRA member. Weird, huh?


Comment from Life Member
Time: January 15, 2013, 2:29 am

Right now folks are able to get lifetime NRA memberships for $300 instead of $1000. 888-678-7894

Let me know if they give you any trouble or need any help.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 15, 2013, 2:45 am

I dropped my NRA membership years ago when I was an unpaid lobbyist for GOA’s affiliate Grass Roots North Carolina and saw on more than one occasion the NRA lobbyists undermine work we’d been doing for years. They’d come up with weaker gun rights bills than we’d been able to hammer out. Fooey.

But I am a life member of both Gun Owners of America and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms ownership. One of the secondary nice things about JPFO is that they are happy to have us gentiles join, too! I’ve had similar poink moments wearing my JPFO Life Member pin. Delicious!


Comment from EZnSF
Time: January 15, 2013, 3:01 am

In the glory days, the last months of high school in the late 70′s, I drove a ’64 Ford pickup with my 12 gauge and .22 hanging from the rear window, through the orange groves and mountains of Ojai, Ventura County. A card carrying member of the NRA.

Half way through college, as I became a certified dope smoking hippy/environmentalist/fuck-the-corporation dip shit, I gave up guns, my sanity, and dropped NRA. (I recovered my sanity in the second half because growing pot-for-sale in Humboldt will make a capitalist out of the most moronic liberal).

Thanks to Stoaty, a brick just shifted in my mind. As God is my witness, I am renewing my membership first thing tomorrow morning. Purely out of PRINCIPLE. This goes handily with my last week of shopping for a .223 ‘hunting rifle’! Now I’m off to Google GOA and JPFO.

Viva La Revolution.

Peace


Comment from Clifford Skridlow
Time: January 15, 2013, 3:27 am

I was an NRA member for years, until I came to the conclusion that they were spending more money than I was sending them trying to get me to send them more money. If I thought I could get then to just take my money and leave me the hell alone, I’d re-up. In the meantime, I’m putting my NRA membership money into more ammo for my “sort of scary looking rifle that needs to be banned because it might look like something that may be military or something”.


Comment from Life Member
Time: January 15, 2013, 3:34 am

I refused to join NRA for a long time, but right now they are the largest most effective organization taking up the fight to maintain 2nd amendment rights. They get listened to, and have gotten results in actions from state to state. The numbers they have been adding make an impression on the people that need to be impressed. So far they are not compromising, and until they do something that actually warrants renewed suspicion, I aim to back the biggest dog in the fight. If you want to back someone else, or do nothing, it’s totally your call.


Comment from EZnSF
Time: January 15, 2013, 3:44 am

Just Renewed. I’ll sponsor anyone here that wants, a years subscription.


Comment from Pavel
Time: January 15, 2013, 3:53 am

Best post ever, stoatie! I’m not a member of NRA. But I have a concealed carry permit, because our sheriff wants all law-abiding citizens armed.


Comment from EZnSF
Time: January 15, 2013, 3:55 am

Hey, not ‘anyone’. Just one. What I meant.
I ain’t got Al Gore money.


Comment from JeffS
Time: January 15, 2013, 4:24 am

I just gave a gift NRA membership to my niece and her husband. They were about the only family members who were not a member.

But I never thought about that NRA t-shirt. Hmmmmmmm……


Comment from Oceania
Time: January 15, 2013, 11:10 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZhHyA9z_vI&feature=youtu.be


Comment from Oceania
Time: January 15, 2013, 11:23 am

Although I dooo prefer this one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=KztkvfeyO80&NR=1


Comment from MIke C.
Time: January 15, 2013, 1:01 pm

Actually, Wayne LaPierre is not “crying wolf” this time. See the news this morning from New York State. If they can pull it off, they really are coming for your guns this time.

On happier news, and as was reported yesterday in a number of places, the totals of the official FBI NICS background check numbers show that AT A MINIMUM (NICS checks are per indicvidual, not per weapon), Americans bought enough guns in November and December to provide a new gun to every active member of the armies of both India and China. I expect that to slow down for January simply because the supply pipeline is freaking empty.


Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: January 15, 2013, 4:44 pm

If the NRA had a no-magazine lifetime family membership, I’d pay cash for it right now.


Comment from mojo
Time: January 15, 2013, 7:10 pm

The postman must’ve been worried about “cooties” or something.


Comment from Sigivald
Time: January 15, 2013, 7:58 pm

Bob: You can get digital versions of the magazines, and therefore just ignore them entirely.

That’s pretty close.

No idea about “family” memberships, though…


Comment from AltBBrown
Time: January 15, 2013, 11:12 pm

Just checked online and one of the magazine options (2 available) is “No magazine.”


Comment from Davem123
Time: January 16, 2013, 12:19 am

Life member for years, soon to add 3 family members.

They will not succeed. We will not comply. Neither the military nor the vast majority of Law Enforcement will cooperate.


Comment from Wiccapundit
Time: January 16, 2013, 3:03 am

I used to tell Lefties that I was a dues-paying member of both the NRA and the ACLU, and asked them whether I was a right-wing nut or a left-wing nut. I never was a member of the ACLU, of course, but I just loved to see the smoke emanate from their ears when the gears started to grind without lubricant.

That was fun.


Comment from Ken
Time: January 16, 2013, 3:18 am

Joined (after a lapse) Sunday at the local fun show, gave my older son the hat.

Another alternative (or second organization) is the Second Amendment Foundation. Thinking of joining that ‘un as well.


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